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This is a consistent hash ring implementation backed by either our fork of Hashicorp's Memberlist library, or Sidecar service discovery platform, and the hashring library.

It sets up an automatic consistent hash ring across multiple nodes. The nodes are discovered and health validated either over Memberlist's implementation of the SWIM gossip protocol or via Sidecar. It manages adding and removing nodes from the ring based on events from Memberlist or Sidecar.

In addition, the package provides some HTTP handlers and a Mux that can be mounted anywhere in your application if you want to expose the hashring.

The Problem This Solves

If you're building a cluster of nodes and need to distribute data amongst them, you have a bunch of choices. One good choice is to build a consistent hash and back it with a list of cluster nodes. When distributing work/data/etc you can then do a lookup against the hash to identify which node(s) should handle the work. But now you need to maintain the list of nodes, and identify when they come and go from the cluster, and other details of clustering that don't really have much to do with the application you're trying to write. Sometimes a specialized load balancer can solve this problem for you. Sometimes you need to write your own mechanism.

This is where ringman comes in. It maintains a consistent hash and the clustering mechanism underneath it via one of two different provided backends. It also offers an optional queryable web API so you or other services can inspect the state of the cluster.

It takes one line of code to set up the cluster, and one line of code to query it! The cluster currently expects equal weighting for all nodes.

Memberlist Ring

If you just want to get information from the ring you can query it in your code directly like:

ring, err := ringman.NewDefaultMemberlistRing([]string{""}, "8000")
if err != nil {
    log.Fatalf("Unable to establish memberlist ring: %s", err)


The following would set up a Memberlist-backed consistent hash ring and serve the node information over HTTP:

ring, err := ringman.NewDefaultMemberlistRing([]string{""}, "8000")
if err != nil {
    log.Fatalf("Unable to establish memberlist ring: %s", err)

http.HandleFunc("/your_stuff", func(w http.ResponseWriter, r *http.Request) { w.Write([]byte("OK")) })
http.Handle("/hashring/", http.StripPrefix("/hashring", ring.HttpMux()))
err = http.ListenAndServe(":8080", http.DefaultServeMux)
if err != nil {
	log.Fatalf("Unable to start HTTP server: %s", err)

We can then query it with:

$ curl http://localhost:8000/hashring/nodes

Which will return output like:

    "Name": "ubuntu",
    "Addr": "",
    "Port": 7946,
    "Meta": null,
    "PMin": 1,
    "PMax": 4,
    "PCur": 2,
    "DMin": 0,
    "DMax": 0,
    "DCur": 0

Or we can find the node for a specific key like:

$ curl http://docker1:8000/hashring/nodes/get?key=somekey

Which returns output like:

  "Node": "ubuntu",
  "Key": "somekey"

More About Memberlist

If you are going to set up the Memberlist ring, it may be helpful to read up on Memberlist and the SWIM paper that explains roughly how the underlying algorithm works.

Sidecar Ring

An alternate implementation backed by New Relic/Nitro's Sidecar is available as well. Underneath Sidecar also lies Memberlist, but Sidecar provides a lot of features on top of it. This implementation of Ringman assumes it will be subscribed to incoming Sidecar events on the listener port. See the Sidecar README for how to set that up. Once that is established, you can do the following:

ring, err := ringman.NewSidecarRing("http://localhost:7777/api/state.json")
if err != nil {
    log.Fatalf("Unable to establish sidecar ring: %s", err)



Consistent hash ring with automatic cluster management




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